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A part from Herodian Nisibis battle description, someone remember other battle narratives where appears the use of this tools from the romans?
Maurcie describes it in the Strategikon, Vegetius too.
Caesar describes the some traps in against the Celts.
I think I have a picture of some too. Just where...? I'll have a look if you're interested.
Magnus, I think, started a thread in which he'd made some, and there was a picture in that thread of how they were deployed, tied together on ropes staked to the ground.
Thanks guys, but more that to object himself i'm more interested to narrative employment of trick for verify if Herodian can have take the idea from other literary description in Nisibis reconstruction.
Was it me? Possibly...do you mean the anti-personel sized ones or the larger ones made with the palisade stakes?
Quote:Was it me? Possibly...do you mean the anti-personel sized ones or the larger ones made with the palisade stakes?

The tribuli
Didn't they find some small anti-personel ones and large anti-horse ones at Alesia in the pits and on the fields surrounding the Romans defence?
Quote:Didn't they find some small anti-personel ones
I would imagine Vercengetorix's men found a few. :lol:
The only direct reference I found for the moment for use against cavalry of little tribuli is a passage of Polyenus , when he describe Nicias trick against Syracuse cavarly.